I remember it too well. I was 12 years old with aspirations of being a pretty good tennis player in the midst of playing three other sports as most young kids do.I was undefeated, that is until I faced the 13 year old Diego Lapuente. It was brutal, I did not score a point in two sets. That ended my brief tennis career.
What was the most brutal was that his serve must have come at me at 100 plus MPH which is slightly under today's average pro speed. I am not sure I even saw the ball after it left his hand. It was a nightmare. But as always, once we come the the Lord, the lessons of the past begin to make perfect sense.
Jesus left us with the message of servanthood. It is rampant throughout his own words in scripture, "The greatest among you will be your servant" Matt 23:11,
"For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve......" Mark 10:45.
In simple today words he is saying to us, it's Your Serve and its okay if you do it greatly, and with great speed.
People are always questioning me as to why we continue to enjoy desserts, donuts, pizza and other assorted foods at almost all of our meetings. My answer, is simply, we are serving, and then we are serving again. Feed the body, and the soul begins to listen better. When we truly serve others so they can see we care and have no agenda except to spread the love God so richly bestows upon us, the serving multiplies.
That is how it all began, with a bunch of common folks meeting together and serving each other. And it multiplied, and it multiplied. We can take all the modern church planning and boil it down to a simple catalyst. When we serve, they see our service then they become the servers because the one who served us served himself up for us.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.